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March 3, 2017 – Incident at Baker & Taylor

Bridgewater, NJ – Officers responded to the Baker & Taylor building located at 1122 US Highway 22 East for an employee feeling ill. Upon, their arrival, several other employees began complaining of feeling ill as well. The building was evacuated and the fire department responded to the scene. It was discovered that a flue in the HVAC system had broken and remained in the closed position. This broken flue prevented carbon monoxide to be vented to the outside, causing approximately 20 employees to be treated for carbon monoxide exposure. At this time, three employees have been transported to local hospitals and the rest are being treated at a triage area located at the scene.

January 16, 2017 – Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash US Highway 22 West

Bridgewater, NJ – On Sunday, 01/15/17, a fatal motor vehicle crash occurred in Bridgewater Township. The crash occurred on Route 22 West, near North Gaston Avenue, at approximately 2355 hours.  A 2015 Ford Mustang driven by Douglas Marino (age 25) of Bridgewater NJ was traveling on Route 22 West in the center lane of travel.  An unidentified male was standing in the center lane of travel when he was struck by Mr. Marino’s vehicle.  This male was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (New Brunswick), where he was pronounced dead. The pedestrian that was struck is an Hispanic male age 20-30, wearing black colored “Adidas” sweatpants, a black colored non-descript long sleeve shirt with a black colored “Nike” short sleeve shirt underneath.

This motor vehicle crash is still under investigation.

The crash is being investigated by the Bridgewater Township Police Department Traffic Safety Bureau and the Somerset County Accident Reconstruction Team.   Any witnesses or anyone with information regarding the identity of the above listed person is asked to contact Bridgewater Township Officer Kevin Lamey at 908-722-4111 ext 4132.

December 19, 2016 – Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash US Highway 22 West

Bridgewater, NJ- On Sunday, 12/18/16, a fatal motor vehicle crash occurred in Bridgewater Township. The crash occurred on Route 22 West, near North Adamsville Rd. at approximately 2302 hours. A 2008 Nissan driven by Jose Luis Mondragon Zamudio (age 29) of Somerville NJ was traveling on Route 22 West in the left lane of travel. Marcus Cook (age 25) of Bridgewater NJ was struck by Mr. Mondragon Zamudio’s vehicle as he was walking in the left lane of travel. After being struck, Mr. Marcus was pushed into the center lane of travel where he was struck by a 2016 Lexus driven by Brittany Tapia (age 19) of Martinsville NJ. This incident is still under investigation.

The crash is being investigated by the Bridgewater Township Police Department Traffic Safety Bureau ant the Somerset County Accident Reconstruction Team. Any witnesses are asked to contact Bridgewater Township Traffic Safety Officer John Kennedy at 908-722-4111 ext 4162.


October 29, 2016 – Halloween Safety Tips

With Halloween quickly approaching, Acting Chief Al Nicaretta and the Bridgewater Township Police Department encourages everyone to have a fun and safe Halloween. There is no curfew in effect for Halloween in the Township. And remember, “if you see something, say something!”

Halloween Safety Tips from the Bridgewater Police Department:

  • Make sure your child’s costume is safe.  Costumes should be fireproof, masks should allow for adequate peripheral vision, and should not restrict a child’s ability to breath.
  • If your child’s costume includes a prop such as a knife or sword, that the tips are smooth and flexible enough not to cause injury in the event of a fall.  Also ensure that all props do not look realistic.
  • Young Children should always be accompanied by an adult
  • Remind your children about everyday safety. For example, children should never enter a stranger’s house or car.  Remind children to look both ways when crossing the street and to use cross walks when they are available.
  • Children’s costumes should include reflective material for good visibility.
  • Remember to carry a flashlight for increased visibility.
  • Parents should examine candy for any irregularities before children are allowed to eat their “treats”
  • Parents explain to children the difference between “tricks” and vandalism.  Throwing eggs and toilet paper may seem like harmless fun however it may cause damages and have unintended consequences.

If you still have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to call us at (908) 722-4111.

August 25, 2016 – Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash US Highway 22 West

Bridgewater, NJ – On Thursday, 08/25/2016, a fatal motor vehicle crash occurred in Bridgewater Township. The crash occurred on Route 22 West, near North Adamsville Rd. at approximately 0312 hours.  A 2004 Toyota Sienna driven by Xu Chengfei (age 41) of Flushing NY was traveling on Route 22 West in the left lane of travel.  Robert Gibbons (age 29) and Magdalene Allen (age 23) both of East Brunswick NJ, were struck by Mr. Chengfei’s vehicle as they were walking in the lane of travel.  This incident is still under investigation.

The crash is being investigated by the Bridgewater Township Police Department Traffic Safety Bureau ant the Somerset County Accident Reconstruction Team.   Any witnesses are asked to contact Bridgewater Township Traffic Safety Officer Douglas Thorsen at 908-722-4111 ext 4154.

August 8, 2016 – Kitchen Employee Medevac’d for Burns

Bridgewater, NJ- On Friday, 08/05/16 at approximately 5:37 pm, a 48 year old female employee was injured while working in the cafeteria at the Sri Venkateswara Temple located on Old Farm Road. She received burns to her hand and arm, when the top of a pressure cooker became dislodged spewing hot rice throughout the cafeteria. This employee was airlifted to Saint Barnibus Burn Center in Livingston NJ for treatment.

There is no criminal investigation regarding this incident. Both the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Bridgewater Health Department were contacted.

July 20, 2016 – Motor Vehicle Crash US Highway 22 East & Country Club Road

Bridgewater, NJ – On Wednesday, July 20, 2016, a motor vehicle crash occurred in Bridgewater Township.  The crash occurred on Route 22 East at the intersection with Country Club Road at approximately 0422 hours.  A green Kawasaki KX250F dirt bike, operated by Shaun Howard, a 20 year old Somerset resident, was traveling east on Route 22. Howard struck the driver’s side of a 2013 Ford F-150, operated by Joseph Shepler, a 63 year old Hillsborough resident, who was traveling north on Country Club Road.

Howard was transported to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital – New Brunswick where he is being treated for his injuries.

Officers were assisted at the scene by NJ State Police, Green Knoll and Martinsville Rescue Squads, and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Paramedics and NJ State Police NorthSTAR Medevac.

The crash is being investigated by the Bridgewater Township Police Department Traffic Safety Bureau.   Any witnesses are asked to contact Bridgewater Township Traffic Safety Officer John Kennedy at 908-722-4111 ext 4162

July 7, 2016 – Bridgewater National Night Out


Bridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots, along with their partners Van Heusen, Bridgewater Township Police Department and Bridgewater Township Mayor Dan Hayes, will host Bridgewater National Night Out at TD Bank Ballpark on Tuesday, August 2nd.

The event begins at 5:00 pm and will run through that night’s 7:05 pm game between the Somerset Patriots and the Long Island Ducks. The first 1,500 fans will receive a Mini-Bat presented by event sponsor, Van Heusen.

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live.

There will be activities outside the ballpark before the start of the game including live music, inflatables, games, and much more.

“National Night out will provide our residents with a great opportunity to build and enhance our community partnership and assist in reducing crime in our community,” said Bridgewater Township Police Chief Manuel Caravela. “The Bridgewater Police Department’s foremost goal is to continue to make Bridgewater Township one of the safest communities in the State.”

Since 1983 National Night Out has been designed to heighten crime and drug prevention, generate support and participation in crime efforts, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police community relations, and let criminals know that our neighborhoods are organized and fighting back

The National Night Out program culminates annually on the first Tuesday of August. Neighbors participate across thousands of communities from all 50 states, United States territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide.

“We are excited to partner with Bridgewater Township and Van Heusen to bring this special event to our ballpark. National Night Out has a great message, similar to that of the Somerset Patriots, to bring the community together for safe, clean, family fun. There will be a lot of activities for participants to enjoy leading up to and during our game that night,” said Somerset Patriots President/General Manager Patrick McVerry.

Participants for Bridgewater National Night Out already include Van Heusen, Bridgewater Police Department, NJSP NorthSTAR, Finderne Fire and EMS, Country Hills Fire, North Branch Fire, Green Knoll EMS, Bradley Gardens EMS, Martinsville EMS, Somerset County Pipe and Drums, and New Jersey Transit Police Department.

The pre-game ceremonies beginning around 6:30 pm, will include a special welcome from Mayor Hayes, the Bridgewater Police Department Honor Guard, a NJSP North Star helicopter fly over, and a performance by Evolution Training Center.

The Bridgewater PBA will have their Community Trailer on site as well as Bridgewater Fire Safety Smoke Trailer.

The Somerset Patriots have partnership opportunities now available for Bridgewater-based businesses and organizations to be a part of the event.

“National Night Out is an event in which our residents and Police Officers will have an opportunity to get better acquainted with each other and strengthen our neighborhood spirit,” Caravela added.

For more information about Bridgewater National Night Out with the Somerset Patriots, please call (908) 252-0700 or visit



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July 1, 2016 – July 4th Independence Day Celebration


Come celebrate Independence Day with spectacular fireworks!  North Branch Park gates will open at 6pm to allow vehicles to enter the park, and the fireworks display will be held at 9:30pm.  Visitors should plan to arrive early.  Food will be available for purchase, and a Revolutionary War encampment will re-create life during the 1770’s.  Park visitors should bring lawn chairs or blankets while they enjoy time in the park before the Independence Day fireworks begin.  Picnic baskets are also allowed, but alcohol is prohibited.

For your safety and enjoyment, Somerset County Park Commission and the Bridgewater Police offer the following information so you may plan ahead. Arrive early to avoid parking delays.

Please note: Vehicular traffic exiting the park after the fireworks will be delayed for about 30 minutes to allow pedestrians to cross Milltown Road. In case of inclement weather, fireworks only will be held on Tuesday, July 5. Call the Activity Hotline at 908 722-1200, option 2 for an update. Expect traffic delays prior to and following the festivities.

For more information call 908 722-1200 . Individuals with hearing impairments may use the Relay Service @ 711.

No parking will be permitted along Routes 202 & 22. Vehicles will be ticked and towed at the owner’s expense.

North Branch Park – 6pm – 10pm
HISTORICAL – Third New Jersey Regiment “Jersey Blues” Revolutionary War Encampment – 6pm – 9pm
FIREWORKS DISPLAY – Schaefer Fireworks – 9:30pm
North Branch Park, 355 Milltown Rd, Bridgewater  908 722-1200 x 225

May 24, 2016 – Hiring Notice for Police Officer Position

Job Announcement

Bridgewater Township, NJ Police Jobs






Under the direction of a Shift Supervisor, performs a variety of public safety work providing emergency aid, security and protection to the community’s citizens.


  • Patrol assigned area to aid in preventing crime and to enforce Federal, State and
  • Township laws, ordinances and regulations.
  • Observe, report and act upon conditions conducive to crime and danger such as checking buildings for security, assisting other officers on traffic stops and checking suspicious persons and vehicles.  Reports traffic hazards and directs traffic flow when necessary.
  • Determine the nature of a call, investigates the circumstances, and takes any necessary and prudent actions. such as making arrests and transporting prisoners,  Searching prisoners, collects personal effects and assures proper receipting and safeguarding of personal effects.
  • Provides assistance to the public in emergency and non-emergency situations.
  •  Administers first aid and requests medical service.
  • Performs crisis intervention in sensitive situations such as family dispute.
  • Provides general information to the public on laws and ordinances.
  • Assists persons with complaints and inquiries or directs them to the appropriate authorities.
  • Prepare a variety of records and reports, such as reports on arrests, property impounded, accidents offenses and damage to property.
  • Performs pliminary investigative assignments on serious crimes.  Conducts interviews of victims, witnesses and suspects and subjects progress reports on cases under investigation.  Collects and documents evidence and may arrest suspects.
  • Appears in court, and is available to testify in matters which the officer has knowledge of.
  • Maintains proficiency in the use of police related equipment.
  • May assist in the training of new officers.
  • Checks business and private property for security.  Investigates such conditions as  open doors, broken windows, vehicles parked in suspicious places.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.



  • Federal and State laws, Township ordinances.
  • Content, intent and application of criminal law.
  • Adult and juvenile judicial procedures and criminal justice system.
  • Civil and constitutional rights.
  • Department regulations, policies, procedures and general order.
  • Laws of arrest, search and seizure.

Police Officer – Operations Division

  • Techniques of investigation and interrogation.
  • Criminal case preparation and procedures.
  • Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy.
  • Oral and written communication skills.
  • Report writing and case preparation.
  • Crime scene management.


  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Analyze dangerous situations rapidly and accurately and adopt an effective course of action.
  • Enforce State, Municipal and other applicable laws.
  • Determine appropriate level and scope of Police response.
  • Work courteously and tactfully with citizens and employees.


  • Salary earned while attending the police academy will be $800 bi-monthly
  • Salary earned after successful academy completion will be an annual salary of $48,083.00.
  • Annual College Incentives
    • Associate’s Degree- $600.00-$750.00.
    • Bachelor’s Degree- $1,200.00-$1,500.00
    • Master’s Degree- $1,500-$2,250.00
  • Medical and dental benefits.
  • Membership in the New Jersey Police and Fire Retirement System


  • Must be a citizen of the United States.
  • Age: at least 21 years of age at the time of initial application. Applicants must not have reached their 36th birthday at the time of appointment.
  • Must be a resident of New Jersey at time of appointment.
  • Must have a valid New Jersey driver’s license at time of appointment.
  • Education: an applicant must have one of the following;
    • A bachelor’s degree, signifying completion of the undergraduate curriculum and graduation from an accredited college or university.
    • An associate’s degree or have completed 60 college credits from an accredited college or university, and at least two years of satisfactory employment.
    • Completed 30 college credits from an accredited college or university, and at least two years of active duty military service with an honorable discharge.
    • Completed 60 college credits from an accredited college or university, and be a certified police officer by the New Jersey Police Training Commission.
  • Applicants to the Bridgewater Township Police Department may be automatically disqualified for any of the following:
    • Having been convicted of an indictable offense or received an indictable conviction expungement.
    • A conviction of any offense involving domestic violence.
    • A conviction of any offense involving a controlled dangerous substance.
    • A conviction of any offense involving public office, position or employment.
    • If you were ever adjudicated to have committed an act of juvenile delinquency. Juvenile delinquency refers to the commission of an act which, if committed by an adult, would constitute an indictable offense.
    • If you were adjudicated by a court or found by an employer to have violated any person’s civil rights in New Jersey or any other state.
    • If you are currently on probation or have been on probation at any time within the last 12 months in New Jersey or any other state.
    • If you participated in a program of supervisory treatment or pretrial intervention for an indictable offense under N.J.S.A. 2C:43-12 or the equivalent in another state.
    • If you have been convicted of driving while intoxicated two times or once within 5 years in New Jersey or any other state.
    • If your driving privilege is currently suspended or revoked in New Jersey or any other State.
    • If you were dishonorably discharged from any branch of the United States military or law enforcement agency in New Jersey or any other state.
    • If you have ever renounced your United States citizenship.
    • If you are currently subject to a final domestic violence restraining order.
    • If you were ever terminated or asked to resign from a public office, position or government employment for misconduct involving your public office, position or employment.
    • If you have used marijuana or hashish within the past 3 years.
    • If you, within the past 10 years, have possessed or used any other illegal drug or drugs, including anabolic steroids, other than those prescribed or provided by a physician or purchased over the counter.
    • If you have sold or given an illegal drug to any person in your lifetime.
    • If you have manufactured any illegal drug at any time during your lifetime.
  • Physical requirements


  • Written exam
  • Physical fitness indicator test
  • Background investigation
  • Oral interview
  • Psychological exam
  • Medical exam
  • Drug screening
  • Successful candidates that are hired are then sent to the Police Academy.
  • Upon successful completion of the Police Academy, officers are assigned to a Field Training Program for the remainder of their probationary period.


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